Visual artist Anastasia Savinova has always been fascinated by architecture, but also its’ relationship to the landscape and culture that it was built upon. Having studied environmental design, Savinova evokes the essence of European cities in her work Genius Loci. According to the ancient Romans, the “genius loci” is the protective spirit of a dwelling, a spectre possessed with the distinctive atmosphere of a city. By cobbling together domestic structures specific to each culture, Savinova’s collages are more than a medium of contrasting doors, windows, and roof lines. The works become an entirely new organism composed of the many specific parts unique to its’ genesis. Genius Loci is the ephemeral mood and mind of manmade landscape, the various hobbles and haunts home to something more.
This post was contributed by photographer and Feature Shoot Editorial Assistant Jenna Garrett.